Wrestling Finishes Fifth at Centennial Conference Championships; Miller and Fisher Place Second
Miller's road to the title bout at 174 pounds began with a nail-biting 6-5 victory over Zachary Bass. The USMMA junior's semifinal contest went smoother as he earned a place in the final with a 6-1 triumph against NYU's Chris Amro. However, defending champion Zach Thomson was able to best Miller, 7-0, to repeat at 174 pounds as Miller finished second in the weight class.
Fisher kicked-off his tournament with a first period pin of Connor Smithson (Washington & Lee) to advance to the semifinals. Fisher was locked in a tight battle but made his way into the 194 pound championship by defeating Sam Galassi, 4-2. However, Fisher ultimately finished second in the bracket as Christian Psomas of Ursinus won the final, 8-0.
Junior Jake Walker (Kansas City, MO) earned the top spot in the consolation bracket to finish third at 165 pounds. Walker also recorded a pin in his first match, putting the shoulders of McDaniel's Josh Moore to the mat in 2:25. He would be sent to the consolation field after a narrow 5-3 defeat at the hands of eventual individual champion Christian Ostrowski (Ursinus). Walker quickly rebounded with a 4-2 triumph over Joe Fiore to secure his spot in the third-place bout. In that match, Walker again toppled Moore of McDaniel, this time taking a 2-0 shutout victory.
Freshman Greg Poremken (Gaithersburg, MD) performed very well at his first conference championships and took fourth-place at 184 pounds. Potemken's day included decisive victories of 14-5 and 8-2 while he dropped slim verdicts of 6-4 and 2-1 to the top-two seeds in the field. Sam Lyscas (Imlay City, MI) and Bernard Watson (Fort Morgan, CO) both earned one win in the tournament before bowing out in the consolation semifinals.
The USMMA wrestling team returns to the mat next weekend for NCAA Eastern Region Qualifying.